15 Tar Heels Ineligible For Opener

Update:

Three more North Carolina defensive starters are not traveling with the team for Saturday's game in Atlanta against LSU.

School spokesman Kevin Best said that linebackers Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter, and safety Deunta Williams weren't on the team plane as the Tar Heels prepared to leave Friday morning.

The three players were not among the 12 identified earlier that would miss the 18th-ranked Tar Heels' opener against the No. 21 Tigers.

The university also had said that there was three unidentified players who wouldn't travel with the team as the school worked with the NCAA to determine their status for the game.

Best wouldn't say whether Sturdivant, Carter and Williams were the three players whose status is in doubt.

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Twelve players from North Carolina won't play in the 18th-ranked Tar Heels' opener against No. 21 LSU in Atlanta on Saturday amid an ongoing NCAA investigation.

The school said Friday that six players - defensive ends Robert Quinn and Michael McAdoo, cornerbacks Kendric Burney and Charles Brown, receiver Greg Little and suspended defensive tackle Marvin Austin - were declared ineligible for the opener for "violating school and/or NCAA rules."

Another six players - top tailbacks Shaun Draughn and Ryan Houston; safeties Brian Gupton, Da'Norris Searcy and Jonathan Smith; and defensive end Linwan Euwell - are being held out of the game during the ongoing investigation.

In addition, North Carolina said three unnamed players are still in jeopardy of missing the game and didn't travel with the team when it left Chapel Hill on Friday morning. The school is working with the NCAA to determine their status for the game.

"We are disappointed the players' choices have denied them the opportunity to compete alongside their teammates and represent the University of North Carolina," coach Butch Davis said in a statement. "Our coaches and players have a tremendous challenge this weekend, and despite these circumstances, our team will be excited to face LSU."

It's unclear how many games Quinn, McAdoo, Burney, Brown, Little and Austin will miss, though the announcement is a massive blow for a program that entered Davis' fourth season in position to contend for an Atlantic Coast Conference championship. Austin, Little and Burney were among six players who opted in January to return for their senior seasons instead of entering the NFL draft, while Quinn, a junior, is widely considered to be a high first-round pick.

Davis suspended Austin on Wednesday for violating team rules, though he said before Thursday's practice that Austin "absolutely" had the chance to play again at North Carolina.

The NCAA first visited the campus in July focused on whether Austin and Little received improper benefits from agents. That probe has since expanded into potential academic misconduct involving a tutor.

"We are still working with the NCAA staff to resolve these eligibility issues," athletic director Dick Baddour said in a statement. "The NCAA is focusing on each of their situations on a case-by-case basis. Together we are working to determine their status in as thorough and fair a process as is possible."


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 6, 2010 at 06:39 PM
    DEAD HEAD! Stay off of the website you University of Sorry Cheaters lover. You pull for your pathetic cheating trojans who is the fraud of college football. If you want to talk about grammar, stay off of a sports page with your crazy self. You have no room to talk. You must have no life either. Anybody who wants to go on and mention grammar on a sports page needs to be loudly BLASTED for trying to act like an english professor. To "To Sam" if they finished that high they would have at least been in talk about a BCS bowl. They had some good teams against Mack Brown but they got at best maybe in the Top 15. Florida State ran the ACC for those years. Also don't even call me jealous cause we will have the best football team in years to come while your UNC-CHeaters wil be downhill and your university is who most of the corrupt idiot legislature members comes from, so basically UNC brings this state down. You must be from the otherside of I-95.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Sep 5, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    Sam: Your 4 Sep(2011) post is a grammatical disaster. Where did you learn English? You can't blame ECU as much as I'd like to! Where do I start? Your sentence construction is synonymous with embarrassment>too polite. Your grammar is a joke beyond imagination! A college educated person who claims to be the Wall Street-esque accountant who does NOT know the proper use of an adverb, verb or a possessive noun in a sentence is without any arguments: PATHETIC. Sam: READ Moderators Nightmare 4 Sep (2120) post-you might learn something. Any college educated person who butcher's the English language/grammar as bad as Sam deserves to be loudly BLASTED.
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    Sam: Your 4 Sep(2011) post is a grammar nightmare. You are always spouting and ranting with insane arrogance. That post needs tons of make-over. Where do I start? My favorite which is sentence construction which in your case is NON-existent followed by improper use of adverbs, verbs and possessive nouns. Once more that sentence is a grammatical barbaric nightmare. You deserve the brutal criticism. Furthermore any college student that writes that awful has to be blasted, period. Sam contrast your post VS Moderators Nightmare 2120 post. Rest my case.
  • by PK on Sep 5, 2010 at 08:40 AM
    Mark in Bath: That minimalized rationalization of yours is too funny. But, just one thing, it doesn't pass the ol' sniff test. You see, you leave out one very important point: the Tarheels did this (suspensions) directly due to the very fact that the NCAA is breathing down their back! So, stop acting so altruistic. You risk much more penalty from the NCAA if you were to play the cheating members of the team. You left that point out, huh? Now, back to my point- will UNC-CHeat boot these players off the team and/or suspend them for 2 years as ECU was forced to do with their 4 offending baseball players? If not, you and the Tarheels have some explaining to do and will be called out every time you make that academic arrogant "high-road" chatter again. This is your new reality. Deal with it, please.
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    Pirateman, you gotta point. Their fans will openly tell you they have more integrity than any other school. They truly are bitter that they can;t be as good or ranked as high as they think they are or for some perverted reason deserve.
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